From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Simpson, James Edward

(born: 1854  -  died: 1956) James Edward Simpson was born in Brownville, PA. He moved to Louisville, KY, where he taught Latin at Louisville Colored High School [later Louisville Central High School]. He was also a graduate of Louisville National Medical College but never practiced medicine. Simpson was a member of the committee that established the retirement and pension for the City of Louisville, and he was the first teacher to retire under the new system. 

Simpson was the husband of Lida Simpson; they were the parents of three children, all born in Louisville, KY, two of whom were Abram L. Simpson and Jane Simpson Williams. James E. Simpson died in Washington, D.C.

For more see "James Edward Simpson" on p. 440 of The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan.

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“Simpson, James Edward,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 22, 2024,

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